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Les Waters

Les Waters is an Obie Award-winning director. From 2012 to 2018, he served as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he directed the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin PlaceThe Christians, and other new works by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah Ruhl, Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy, Will Eno, Charles Mee, and Mark Schultz. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). In the last ten years, his productions have ranked among the year’s best in The New YorkerThe New York TimesTime MagazineThe GuardianTime Out New York, and USA Today. In New York, his productions have been seen at BAM, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, The Connelly Theater, Signature, Soho Rep., The Public, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional credits include productions at Berkeley Rep, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, ART, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, and American Conservatory Theater. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.

Updated 10/15/19


Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: The Thin Place

I wasn’t quite sure how, just that I knew that I wanted to create some kind of theatrical rift, moving the audience from a relatively straightforward recounting of events to something else.


Backstory: In-Betweens

There’s a seeming delicacy to the Thin Place, by virtue of its position in some just-so in-between, and it’s a delicacy perhaps easily undone.